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Horn OK Please

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"Horn OK Please"  Did you know that this phrase was not always a mere decorative whim of Indian truck drivers. It originated as a serious cautionary indication during the World war II. Kerosene fueled trucks were used then for movement of troops. Highly unstable in nature, Kerosene would cause the trucks to explode, at the slightest accident, hence it was painted on them, "Horn Please, On Kerosene".


You must have also witnessed another famous phrase "OK TATA BYE BYE". The theory behind this phrase is that as most of the Indian trucks are manufactured by TATA, and the word TATA is also synonym to Bye. Wishing someone Goodbye, one commonly says OK Tata.  

However, I still do not know why some quotes are written behind the Indian trucks. In some trucks, they are written in a very colorful and innovative way. Someone told me that they are written to entertain and to relax the stressed drivers. What do you think?

19 comments:

  1. Those are some interesting facts:)Thanks for sharing:)

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  2. Interesting post Himanshu :)
    I also think that colorful and innovative quotes at the back of trucks are written to entertain and to relax the stressed drivers. I don't see any other strong reason behind this.

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    Jahid
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  3. Sounds interesting. Hey, there is a restaurant in Pune, by name Horn Ok Please, on Fergusson College Road.. The interior resembles a dhaba with all these kinds of quotes put up on the walls.. Do visit when you are in Pune..

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    1. I did not know that, it must be cool.. is it? I will definitely visit it someday. Thanks Meghana :)

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  4. Interesting post!! I always found these caricatures and their description amusing while traveling across the country!! Thanks for stopping by at my blog!!

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  5. Wow! That's interesting! I've actually wondered about it but never bothered to find out.

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  6. Oh.. nice fact... like many i also just wondered about these facts.. dint really look up.. but thank you for enlightening us.. :D

    ya, it can be to cheer up the stressed truck drivers.. such funny phrases can lighten up not only the bored-from-a-long-distance-road-journey truck drivers but fellow travelers too.. or may b if they own a truck.. they would want their truck to look as creative and colorful as it they can make it.. bright colors always lift the mood and creativity has no barriers.. trust me, I would certainly do the same if I own a truck..! :D

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    1. Thanks :) Indeed it cheers up but it also makes us lose focus as well sometimes, isnt it? I mean it depends. Would love to see your imaginary truck though and your creativity. :D

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  7. Lovely read...short but quite informative. Thank you for sharing this and also a big thank you for promoting my post. :)

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  9. ok this is interesting. I had read something about a light being fitted above ok and that light was an indication for overtaking on single lane roads. But the kerosene thing is something I didn't know. Thanks.

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